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49ers Get Huge Injury News After Week 9 Bye

David Kaestle
The 49ers get a great Elijah Mitchell injury update.
The 49ers get a great Elijah Mitchell injury update. / Associated Press

The San Francisco 49ers lost starting running back Elijah Mitchell to a knee injury early on this season. While it was serious, it was luckily not season-ending. However, the 49ers addressed this hole in their backfield in a big way with the acquisition of star Christian McCaffrey.

Elijah Mitchell Injury Update

Fast forward to Monday and the 49ers have opened the injured reserve practice window for Mitchell, along with linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair and offensive lineman Colton McKivitz.

This now gets the clock ticking, giving the 49ers 21 days to get Mitchell back on the field. Knowing this, San Francisco must be pretty comfortable he's nearing a return to live games.

While Mitchell won't be the lead back once he returns, it's hard to imagine him taking a full back seat to McCaffrey. They will likely form a dominant backfield duo, which should help both change the pace and provide fresher legs for each of them once the playoffs begin (if the 49ers make it). It also allows the Niners the luxury of easing Mitchell back into things, without the desperate need for production.

The 49ers take on the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10, where the latest NFL odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have them as a 7-point home favorite.

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